COMPUTING

Phonelike PCs failed before. Here’s why they may succeed now

Phonelike PCs failed before. Here’s why they may succeed now

Windows RT was an ill-fated attempt to make computers more power-efficient like smartphones. Microsoft and Qualcomm are giving the idea a second go. The new Asus 2-in-1 PC runs on a Qualcomm processor, making it more power-efficient. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Five years ago, Microsoft tried to radically transform the way a Windows computer would work. At the core

Pixel Buds are the coolest thing to come from Google’s event

Pixel Buds are the coolest thing to come from Google’s event

Google’s event yesterday had an announcement for just about everyone, whether you’re a smartphone enthusiast or maybe just looking for an inexpensive (or really expensive) smart speaker. But after the announcements of everything we were expecting to see, Google had a few last minute accessory announcements that, for me, ended up making the event a pleasant surprise. Over the past decade, there


Google Assistant killed one of my favorite Android features, and now I’m lost

Google Assistant killed one of my favorite Android features, and now I’m lost

Before Google Assistant took on the task of delivering contextual information on your phone, there was Now on Tap, an on-demand service that searched the web for whatever was on your screen. The two are fairly similar, except that Assistant has done away with the best feature from Now on Tap: text selection. Previously, when you held down

Quickly add the Google Play store to your new Amazon Fire 10HD

Quickly add the Google Play store to your new Amazon Fire 10HD

Last time I bought an Amazon tablet adding the Google store was a real pain! It takes about 3 minutes and one reboot on the new Amazon Fire HD 10. In order to get the most out of my new 7th generation Amazon Tablet, I needed the Google Play store. GMail, Chrome and a few other apps were


Libratone Zipp speakers to get Alexa and AirPlay 2

Libratone Zipp speakers to get Alexa and AirPlay 2

Amazon’s Alexa personal voice assistant seems to be taking over the tech industry one wireless speaker at a time. Considering our admiration of the Libratone Zipp and Zipp Mini, we’re pleased to hear that these are the latest wireless speaker to get onboard. The update, which existing users will be notified of via the Libratone app in “autumn”, will give the speakers

Harman Kardon Allure is an Alexa-powered smart speaker

Harman Kardon Allure is an Alexa-powered smart speaker

Allure’s transparent upper portion features 360-degree ambient lighting which reacts to voice commands and changes with the rhythm of the music being played.​ The Harman Kardon Allure is just the latest in a long line of wireless smart speakers to be controlled using Amazon’s virtual assistant. 360-degree sound is delivered by speakers and an integrated subwoofer, with Harman claiming it delivers


JVC unveils new 4K HDR projectors and red special edition DLA-20LTD

JVC unveils new 4K HDR projectors and red special edition DLA-20LTD

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its D-ILA chip, JVC has launched the DLA-X9900, DLA-X7900 and DLA-X5900 projectors – and a limited edition red DLA-20LTD. What’s D-ILA? It stands for ‘Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier’ and it’s JVC’s proprietary chip for displaying images. It’s a kind of hybrid of LCD and DLP projector technology that JVC has

Amazon Echo update lets you voice control Fire TV without the remote

Amazon Echo update lets you voice control Fire TV without the remote

If you use Amazon’s Echo speaker and the Fire TV, today, it’s all finally coming together. Beginning Tuesday, U.S. users will be able to connect their Echo devices to their Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. What that means is that you can start issuing commands to your Fire TV without using


Why Android Wear isn’t dead just yet

Why Android Wear isn’t dead just yet

Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform isn’t dead. It’s just pivoting from a do-everything experience on your wrist to one that’s better customized for your own fashion and lifestyle. That’s good because I don’t want a world where the Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that matters. It’d be too dystopian. No matter how much you might adore your Apple Watch,

Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone’s freaking out

Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone’s freaking out

For someone who insists he has no interest in running for office, Mark Zuckerberg is really, really good at surrounding himself with top political strategists. The latest: Zuckerberg’s philanthropic foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has reportedly hired Joel Benenson, who was the chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The hire was first reported by Politico’s Annie Karni,